– Nikola Tre is specially designed for Europe
If you have read my blog before, you know that I follow the development of hydrogen with excitement.
A very interesting company in this context is Nikola Motors; a challenger from the United States. The company's ambition is to supply Europe with fuel cell trucks and battery-powered tractors.
The company is currently building a large factory in Arizona, USA, which will produce 35,000 vehicles every year.
According to a press release from the company, Nikola Motors will invest 600 million dollars in the facility, which is expected to be completed in 2021. The factory's total area will be just over 90,000 square meters and at full production it will produce 35,000 units a year - with two shifts.
The first model in the factory will be Nikola Tre. This is a fuel cell truck specially designed for European conditions. A battery-electric model by Nikola Tre is expected to be delivered to customers as early as 2021. The model with fuel cells will be available in 2023. With fuel cells, the truck will have a range between 80-120 km depending on the load. It will be fully refueled in 15 minutes.
The first cars delivered will be built in collaboration with Italian Iveco in Ulm, Germany. Therefore, it was no surprise when Iveco's owners chose to become investors in Nikola Motor this September.
Arizona will also produce the Badger, the world's first fuel cell pickup. The combination of fuel cells and batteries will create 900 horsepower and a range of 960 kilometres. As of this summer, it has been possible to order a car.
I hope to return soon with what it looks like in the order books.